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4:05 PM ET, March 11, 2007


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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The 'Surge' Is Succeeding  —  A front-page story in The Post last week suggested that the Bush administration has no backup plan in case the surge in Iraq doesn't work.  I wonder if The Post and other newspapers have a backup plan in case it does.  —  Leading journalists have been reporting …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   If America Wins In Iraq And No One Reports It, Will It Make A Difference?
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: FORMER SEN. FRED THOMPSON ON 'FOX NEWS SUNDAY'  —  The following is a partial transcript of the March 11, 2007, edition of "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace":  —  "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST CHRIS WALLACE: Well, chances are you've never heard of U.S. President Charles Ross …
Kleinheider / Volunteer Voters:
VIDEO: Fred Thompson On Fox News Sunday
New York Times:
The Failed Attorney General  —  During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held — President Bush's in-house lawyer — and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer …
Nico / Think Progress:
Sen. Schumer Calls For Alberto Gonzales To Resign
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
After Tough Week, Gonzales Says He Remains Focused
Discussion: The Swamp
Chrish / News Hounds:
FOX chooses article carefully to outsource condemnation of Nevada Dems' cancellation  —  The editors at ignored 145 articles listed in a Google search that objectively told of the decision by Nevada Democrats to cancel a Democratic presidential candidate debate that would have been hosted by the right-wing network.
Kate Phillips / New York Times:
Stung by Remarks, Nevada Democrats Cancel Debate on Fox
Associated Press:
Report: Rove was urged to oust U.S. attorney  —  N.M. GOP chief says he complained about prosecutor, was told 'he's gone'  —  WASHINGTON - The chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party was quoted Saturday as saying he urged presidential adviser Karl Rove and one of his assistants to fire the state's U.S. attorney.
Iran votes to impose petrol rationing  —  Iranians are bracing themselves for a fresh round of belt tightening after their government voted to impose petrol rationing coupled with sharp rises in the price of fuel.  —  The rationing system will limit Iranians to 22 gallons (100 litres) …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Iran Economic Decline Accelerates
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Friends Of Ali Reza Asgari, Part II  —  The defection of Iranian intelligence officer Ali Reza Asgari did not represent a recent flip of a spy chief as first presumed.  The Times of London reports that Asgari worked as a mole for years, passing information to the West, until he could get his family out of Iran and escape:
Associated Press:
Poll: Character trumps policy for voters  —  WASHINGTON - For all the policy blueprints churned out by presidential campaigns, there is this indisputable fact: People care less about issues than they do about a candidate's character.  —  A new Associated Press-Ipsos poll says 55 percent …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
New John Edwards Sells Less Biography, More Liberal Issues  —  When he first ran for president, then-Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) was the fresh face in the Democratic Party, a perpetually buoyant campaigner who built his candidacy around his own biography and whose success in the primaries earned him a place on the 2004 Democratic ticket.
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
HILL: I'M THE JFK OF 2008  —  VOWS TO BEAT ODDS  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton invoked the campaign of the nation's lone Catholic president, John Kennedy, last night as she talked about her challenge in becoming the first female commander-in-chief.  —  "He was smart, he was dynamic, he was inspiring and he was Catholic.
Discussion: The Corner and The Strata-Sphere
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Lotto Makes Sense, Even for Losers  —  AT least poker tables have some atmosphere, a jingle of highball glasses, a hint of 1990s menthol smoke in the armchairs, the sweet musk of nearby cash.  The same goes for playing the horses: there are characters, scandals, competition, not to mention real payoffs.
Climate scientist 'duped to deny global warming'  —  A Leading US climate scientist is considering legal action after he says he was duped into appearing in a Channel 4 documentary that claimed man-made global warming is a myth.  Carl Wunsch, professor of physical oceanography …
Discussion: NewsHog and Liberal Values
Little Green Footballs:
The Great Global Warming Swindle
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Faiza Saleh Ambah / Washington Post:
Episode at Guantanamo Leaves Family at a Loss  —  MEDINA, Saudi Arabia — Mishal al-Harbi's brain was deprived of oxygen for several minutes on the evening of Jan. 16, 2003, while he was in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  As a result, he cannot stand, his speech is slurred …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Crossroads Arabia
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Crisis Looms in Mortgages  —  On March 1, a Wall Street analyst at Bear Stearns wrote an upbeat report on a company that specializes in making mortgages to cash-poor homebuyers.  The company, New Century Financial, had already disclosed that a growing number of borrowers were defaulting …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
POP GOES THE WEASEL....The collapse of the home mortgage market …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Eschaton
Iraq four years on  — Video: Julian Simmonds and Colin Freeman on the streets of Iraq  —  Mohammed Mumtaz al-Duleimi shows me the ring on his third finger, set with a heavy stone in a dark-red colour that is known in Iraq as gazelle's blood.  For the superstitious Shias of the south …
Discussion: The Corner and Angry Bear
Test / The Daily Acts:
Clinton Says Bush Ignores 'Invisible Americans'  —  NASHUA, NH-In a speech to over 1,000 enthusiastic Democrats at the Sheraton Nashua Hotel, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) tonight signaled a change in focus in her campaign for the presidency.  The event was the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual "100 Club" dinner.
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
CRACKING THE EVANGELICALS....I've been following this with only half …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
LIBERAL AMERICA?....James Joyner reports today on a new Gallup …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Pardon Libby Now  —  It will be good for Bush and good for the country.
Tracie Rozhon / New York Times:
To Have, Hold and Cherish, Until Bedtime
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush seeks 8,200 more troops for wars
Discussion: AMERICAblog
New York Times:
Another Grim Week in Iraq
SXSW Interactive  —  Attracting digital creatives as well as …
Discussion: MyDD
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The Best-Kept Secret: The Antidote to "The Secret"
 Earlier Items: 
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Sunday Talking Head Thread
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Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Romney courts South Florida voters
Discussion: The American Mind
Scandal of treatment for wounded Iraq veterans
Cameron considers tax hikes on air travel
Washington Post:
Iran's Dissenters  —  HERE'S HOW International Women's …
Caught On Tape: Mugger Attacks 101-Year-Old Woman In Queens
Discussion: Riehl World View

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Letterboxd's founders sell a majority stake to Canadian company Tiny; a source says the deal values the film-focused social network with ~10M users at $50M+

Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Source: Diamond Sports is seeking to cut the broadcast fees it pays to the NHL and NBA by up to 20%; Diamond pays NBA teams about $600M a year

Wall Street Journal:
The WGA's pact with studios and streamers represents a formal end to “peak TV”, a decade that saw an explosion of programming for viewers and jobs in Hollywood

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